Fairfield Ranked Among Nation’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report

Fairfield Ranked Among Nation’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report

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The University’s innovative and nationally ranked programs continue to attract exceptional applicants, including members of the incoming Class of 2025 which has made history as Fairfield’s largest and academically strongest.

Fairfield University has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings. The University topped the 2022 annual lists with both regional and national distinctions.

Placing high up on the Best Regional Universities in the North list at #3, Fairfield was also ranked at #3 among the Most Innovative Schools in the northern region, and #3 on the Best Undergraduate Teaching – Regional Universities list. The University jumped two spots to #19 for Best Value Schools – Regional Universities North.

Nationally, Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business programs were recognized in the top 32 percent, at #166 on the Best Undergraduate Business Programs list—up 14 spots from the previous year. For Best Undergraduate Business Programs – Accounting, Fairfield Dolan was ranked near the top at #21, jumping 23 spots from 2021. Additionally, Fairfield Dolan rose to #16 for Best Undergraduate Business Programs – Finance, and to #23 on the Best Undergraduate Business Programs – Marketing. Best Undergraduate Business Programs – Business Analytics, ranked #13.

New this year, U.S. News & World Report included Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs in their rankings. Fairfield’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies was ranked in the top 11 percent nationally at #76 (tied) out of almost 700 schools.

Fairfield's School of Engineering landed at #109 in the top half of schools ranked for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs - No Doctorate. The University also ranked #5 out of 13 Colleges That Give Merit Aid to the Most Students.

Academic data from U.S. News & World Report’s surveys and reliable third-party sources were used to calculate each ranking factor.

U.S. News surveyed schools in the spring and summer of 2021; however, most recent data available for the ranking calculations pertained to fall 2020 and earlier. To account for the disruption to higher education due to the ongoing pandemic, how SAT/ACT scores were assessed was slightly adjusted, and historic data was also used for some ranking indicators. Graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, social mobility, graduate indebtedness, faculty resources, financial resources per student, average alumni giving rate, and expert opinion were also considered.

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